Next stage in growth for TDSi signalled as business agrees acquisition by Vitaprotech

After strategic analysis of the best options to accelerate growth at TDSi and augment the launch of the new GARDiS ONVIF Profile A and C compatible hardware and software platforms and the journey towards offering Access Control-as-a-Service (ACaaS) capability for customers and the market, TDSi has agreed to be acquired by the Vitaprotech Group, the specialist in access control and security systems and technologies for critical sites.

Backed by BPI France and Eurazeo PME since July last year, Vitaprotech Group’s overriding goal is to become a European market leader in security for buildings and to strengthen its presence in physical access security for critical sites. The Group brings together manufacturers specialising in intrusion detection, access control, building management and video analysis and boasts 260 employees at six sites around the world.

This acquisition continues Vitaprotech Group’s dynamic and steady growth strategy which has included several acquisitions in the market over the last couple of years. The deal aligns perfectly with Vitaprotech Group’s and TDSi’s growth strategy to develop export sales of technological security solutions for myriad sites worldwide. Vitaprotech Group can now expand its access control portfolio, strengthen its export presence and access international distribution networks in the sector.

Founded in 1982 and based in Poole, TDSi specialises in designing, manufacturing and supporting solutions for access control and video surveillance and their integration with other electronic security and building management products. This merger will allow the business to speed up the finalisation of its new range of GARDiS products including the launch of ACaaS through the GARDiS ONVIF compatible open source software platform and to benefit from the additional resources that the Vitaprotech Group brings to strengthen its market penetration in markets it currently doesn’t service through the use of Vitaprotech Group’s business development and sales teams.

For over 35 years now, TDSi has been offering a vast range of readers, controllers and software systems through its customer network primarily in the UK, France, the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. For Vitaprotech Group’s perimeter intrusion detection business, TDSi will now become the logistics and technical support base in the UK, in turn delivering better service for the UK market.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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